trACker number434 - The Sinatra Syndrome
by Dudley Anderson 12/16/2010 / Devotionals
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16 December 2010
The Sinatra Syndrome
"I don't think I want to give my life to Christ," said Rebecca as she walked to the car park with Jane. For the past hour or so they had listened to a presentation of the message of the cross of Christ. The speaker pointed out that God loved the world so much that he had sent his son, Jesus to die in our place on the cross to pay for sin. He then said that Jesus had risen from the dead to make a way for our forgiveness and that if we simply admitted to sin, believed in the death and resurrection of Christ and confessed him as Lord, we would receive the promise of eternal life. By doing this we would open the way for God's purposes in our lives. "There are just so many things in my life that I would need to give up to follow Christ," said Rebecca. "Anyway, I think religion is a private affair. I'll do God my way."
It is true that becoming a Christian is a life changing experience. But then so are many other things in life. Take leaving school, for instance. The day you walked out of class for the last time ushered in a whole new experience of life. Or how about when you started that new job? When you signed that contract of employment you handed your career future over to your employer. Many things change our live, notwithstanding marriage! How intensely does marriage change one's life?
God-tracking is indeed a life changing experience. It involves submitting our lives to the God of creation who loves us and who sent his son to reconcile us to himself, because of sin. God-tracking involves opening up our hearts and lives to the daily influence of God. God-tracking involves walking by faith in the unseen God who cares enough to guide us in tracking his Devine and pleasing path for our futures, moment by moment. However, God-tracking does not involve the forced relegation of our reason, ambition or emotion to a malignant force of the universe who imposes an impossible list of do's or don'ts upon us. Tracking God implies living in a way that desires to please the Lord; in a way that willingly chooses to submit to his loving purposes and to do things God's way.
So, dear God Tracker, let's be willing to change as we open our hearts to follow God's plans. And let us willingly not suffer from the "Sinatra Syndrome", by saying "I'll do it my way."
What is trACker?
GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Verse of the Week
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes
"Scientists have come up with a term to describe organisms that never change dead'." --- Francoise Van Niekerk
Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
Do Things Your Way
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
"Dear God, I have heard the message of salvation through the cross of Jesus many times. I'm sorry for not responding to it, yet. I confess my sin and open my heart to receive Jesus as my Lord. I believe that Jesus died and rose again and today confess him to be my persona Lord and saviour. I choose to hand my whole life over to you, O Lord. Help me to change according to your plans for me and help me to follow your path for my life. I commit my life to you. Dear Lord, I want to do things your way. In Jesus' name. Amen."
Dudley began writing for radio. He currently presents for UCB UK and writes a weekly devotional called, trACker. trACker reaches hundreds of people and is published online. Dudley also pastors a church in the UK. More at: www.godtracker.co.uk